The prison infiltrates the minds of President Trump. On Twitter, during interviews, at campaign rallies, the president constantly talks about jail time or crimes punishable by time spent in a cramped cell.
It's not that Trump focuses on how two members of his entourage – Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort – envision heavy jail time. Instead, Trump's mind constantly focuses on the allegations and criminal insinuations related to his enemies. It seems that if you are on the wrong side of the president, prison or prison is your place of residence. Trump generally rejects these claims despite the lack of clear evidence of actual unlawful conduct.
Wednesday was a good example. On Trump's Twitter page, the The president shared a meme from a supporter's account of various Trump's enemies imprisoned behind bars. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, head of the Department of Justice, oversaw until recently the investigation of Special Advocate Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the elections.
When asked later why he would share an image starring Rosenstein, Trump replied bluntly: "He should never have chosen a special counsel," Trump told the New York Post.
Rosenstein joins a list of people. The president often downplays his political enemies by suggesting that they are criminals or that they have broken the law one way or another. It's a group that contains the usual suspects (the Clintons), "the Democrats" in general, as he tweeted on Thursday morning, and some surprises (Snoop Dogg?).
Below you will find a complete list of figures that the President has publicly stated that they should be jailed or investigated, or who have been charged with serious crimes and minor misdemeanors. – allegations that seem groundless in reality.
Hillary Clinton is obviously at the top of the list. As Trump's enemy during the bitter 2016 presidential election, Clinton was an easy target for Trump's attacks. "Lock her up" slogans are still part of Trump rallies. A few weeks before the presidential election, the then candidate candidate Trump tweeted: "Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail. Instead, she stands in the chair of what looks like a rigged election. "
The Obama administration then comes in second behind Clinton. "The Obama administration is now accused of trying to give Iran secret access to the US financial system," Trump said. Twitter last june. "It's totally illegal."
It must not be forgotten James B. ComeyThe former FBI director, whose cancellation ended last year, has been behind most of the legal problems that have held Trump's presidency. As the New York Times reported earlier this month, the president wanted the Justice Department to sue Clinton and Comey.
Liberal philanthropist George Soros, a figure of contempt on the right, is also among those Trump targeted for incarceration. Just hours after the delivery of a homemade bomb to Soros' home last month, the president made a speech to the White House calling for unity. When audience members shouted Soros' name and asked him to "lock" him, Trump would have laughed and repeated the sentence.
Trump is quick to point out corruption and possible bad actions everywhere.
Trump also called former state secretary John F. Kerry to "illegal" meetings with the Iranian regime: "John Kerry has had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian regime, which can only harming our great work to the detriment of the US government. people, "Trump tweeted in September. "He told them to wait for the Trump administration! Was it registered under the Foreign Agent Registration Act? WRONG!"
Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, was a regular target of Trump: "Why is not an FBI official dishonored? Andrew McCabe is under investigation for $ 700,000 Crooked Hillary Democrats in Virginia, led by Terry M, Clinton's best friend,) gave McCabe's wife in his run for president? "President tweeted in May.
The list continues.
"Paul Begala, the thief dopey @CNN and head of Super-PAC Pro-Hillary Clinton, knowingly committed a fraud in his first publicity against me," he wrote about the political commentator on television in may 2016.
Steve Rattner, former leader of President Obama and current cable TV actor, was also attacked by the president. ". @ SteveRattner Although I think you should have gone to jail for what you did, I guess Obama saved you. But beware, I will win! Trump wrote before the election of 2016.
When hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg released a video clip featuring footage of it showing a propellant gun that fired a sign saying "BANG" on a caricature of Trump, the president suggested that it was a criminal offense.
Can not leave outside flag burners: "No one should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there will inevitably be consequences – perhaps a loss of citizenship or a one-year prison sentence!" (Supreme Court decision from 1989) Texas v. Johnson confirmed the constitutional right to burn the American flag.)
Treason is one of the charges against Trump, about which he speaks most easily, even though his conception of the crime goes beyond the legal definition.
People fleeing information? "[T]restaurateurs and cowards, and we'll find out who they are! " Trump tweeted.
FBI agent Peter Strzok? "It's the FBI we're talking about, it's treason," Trump told the Wall Street Journal. "It's an act of treason. What he tweeted to his lover is an act of treason. "
Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who transmitted information to WikiLeaks? "Unpleasant TRAITOR. "
Sgt. Army Bowe Bergdahl? "[A] dirty rotten traitor, "according to Trump.
Democrats who have not applauded the president during the state of the Union? "Someone said" traitor. "I mean, yes, I guess, why not? Are we going to call this betrayal?" Said Trump to a crowd in Cincinnati. "Why not? I mean, they certainly did not seem to like our country. "
When an anonymous official from Trump's own administration published an infamous New York Times article, Trump blew a answer in one word: "TREASON?"
In a later interview with Fox News, the president hinted that the newspaper itself had committed the crime by running the article.
"Number one, the Times should never have done that," he said. "What they did is practically a betrayal."